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Online counselling for UG courses at medical colleges in Jharkhand

RANCHI: The Jharkhand Combined Entrance Competitive Examination (JCECE) Board organized an online counseling for admissions to the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NE- ET) for undergraduate courses at the three medical colleges of the state on Saturday. The results of the three-day counseling session, a first of its kind, will be declared on August 29.

Examination controller L Khiyangate said, "The aspirants will first have to register with the website of JCECE with their application number and roll number of NEET-UG. On registration, a password will be generated and sent to the mobile number of the candidate with which one can log in for counselling."

During counseling, candidates will have to fill in their personal information and name the college of their choice. The best thing about online counseling is that candidates do not have to come to the counseling centre in Ranchi or any other city. They can appear in it sitting in the confines of their home town. The students can change their preference till August 27, midnight, he added.

Only those who fall in the rank range given by JCECE will be eligible to appear for counseling. Khiyangate said, "General candidates with a Jharkhand state overall rank from 1 to 418 will be able to appear for counseling, SC candidates with a rank between 1 to 83, ST between 1 to 219, backward class-I having OBC rank between 1-8 and BC-II having OBC rank between 1 to 184 will be allowed to appear for the counseling." tnn

There are 123 seats at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi, eighty two at the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College in Jamshedpur and 82 at Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in Dhanbad. A total of 1,256 candidates have registered for counseling. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

State Level Civil Surgeons Meet at RIMS

Civil Surgeons and other senior health officials from districts of Jharkhand had a day long review meeting at RIMS on Wednesday. The meeting was chaired by state Health Secretary K. Vidyasagar. Other senior officials of the state's health department were also present including the Director of RIMS, NRHM etc. State Health Minister Rajendra Prasad Singh, addressing the senior health officials said that all out efforts should be made to improve health facilities in rural Jharkhand. source-ranchiexpress.com

Malaria without fever

Malaria without fever, its most obvious symptom, is baffling patients and healthcare experts in Jharkhand alike, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) doctors have reported.

Cases of dormant malaria without any of its known symptoms are occurring in the southern belt of the state. Some 200 patients from districts like Khunti, Simdega, Gumla and West Singhbhum in one year, complaining of repeated diarrhoea, leg cramps and even jaundice were diagnosed with malaria despite their not exhibiting classic symptoms of high fever and chills.

"In June 2012, over 50 jawans who had been engaged in Naxalite combat in Saranda came to us. They didn't have fever but complained of unease, headache and nausea. Initial pathological tests did not reveal much. As symptoms did not subside, a series of clinical tests confirmed malaria," RIMS director Tulsi Mahto told The Telegraph.

Usually, malarial symptoms flare up between 10 days and four weeks of the infection. But not always. Mahto stressed the malarial parasite can stay dormant inside the human liver for four years without showing symptoms.

"Ever since we treated the Saranda jawans, the RIMS administration has been given standing instructions to check the presence of the vector-borne parasite among patients from Jharkhand's southern districts," he added.

Recently, the Khunti double tragedy was a copybook case of malaria with suppressed symptoms. This April, the deaths of two minor trafficked girls from Khunti — Jaymani Gudia and Jyoti Mariam Horo — caused a sensation when even their autopsy reports could not clarify the reason. Finally, forensic reports divulged both girls were suffering from malaria.

State malaria officer P. Baskey explained how malaria could occur without fever.

"A person's immune system may sometimes suppress the full-blown symptoms of the disease. In some cases, parasites Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium ovale can remain dormant in the liver for several months up to about four years after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. When parasites emerge from hibernation and invade red blood cells, we term it relapse," he said.

Baskey said that those in malaria-prone areas reporting cramps in legs, headache, minor cold and cough or even dizziness should go for proper clinical investigations.

"If it is malaria and is undetected for a long time for lack of proper diagnosis, it causes much internal harm to the patient," he added.

Last year, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicines, UK, in association with National Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi, started a study in Gumla and Simdega on malaria among pregnant women.

Researchers confirmed they came across no less than 30 women who exhibited no malarial symptoms. Amazingly, the women never complained of ill health. "But, they tested positive for the malaria parasite after series of clinical tests," said a research fellow.

Neena Valecha, the director of the New Delhi institute, and Irene Kuepfer, her London-based counterpart, told The Telegraph that the research would continue for three years.

"We can comment on the findings only after the full tenure," Valecha said. source-telegraphindia.com

RIMS Doctors may Get Better Pay Scale

In a meeting of the RIMS Management Board it was decided to give its doctors a pay scale which is equivalent to the AIIMS, Delhi. The board meeting was chaired by the state's Health Minister Rajendra Singh. It was also informed that the super speciality hospital attached to RIMS will start in September and that a branch of the hospital will also be made in nearby Brambe. Many other important decisions for better facilities to the staff and improving the hospital facilities were taken. The meeting was attended by all board members including the Director of AIIMS.  source-ranchiexpress.com

RIMS - dirty kitchen without supervision

The hospital dishes up food for over 1,000 patients everyday in a dirty kitchen without supervision. Hospital superintendent S.K. Choudhary, who made surprise kitchen inspections on August 12 and 14, didn't like what he saw.

On August 12, when Choudhary saw workers cooking mounds of food without supervised by nutrition experts, he reportedly asked the cook about their whereabouts. On August 14, when he made his second visit to the RIMS kitchen around 10.30am, he saw the situation was the same.

Then, Choudhary reported his concerns in writing to RIMS director Tulsi Mahto and health principal secretary K. Vidyasagar.

The report has caused a furore.

Speaker Shashank Shekhar Bhokta, who inspected the RIMS kitchen on Friday, has reserved his comments. Though RIMS director Mahto refrained from saying anything, health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh spoke candidly to The Telegraph.

"Even under manpower crunch, which has been put up before me as an immediate excuse for lapses, one can't compromise on hygiene. I will visit RIMS on Saturday and discuss with hospital authorities on how to improve the situation," the minister said.

The RIMS kitchen has some 15 employees, including cooks and helpers, who work on shift basis. Officially, there should be a dietician to instruct them on healthy cooking as well as a supervisor to monitor quality of food cooked as well as hygiene.

"I have observed some serious lapses and have pointed out the same in my report. This is an internal matter," Choudhary told The Telegraph. "We send inspection reports to seniors from time to time."

Being a part of the institution, the superintendent obviously didn't want to tom-tom his role as a whistleblower.

"This is a large institution and such gaps are often observed during inspections. We will improve conditions," he said, the unsaid message being "don't sensationalise it".

But the irony is that on August 16, the doors of the kitchen, which otherwise used to be open, were kept shut "for outsiders".

The Telegraph team found more lapses in food distribution at the four-storey hospital. Though officially RIMS has six trolleys for distribution of cooked food, only two or three are used.

When a trolley arrives at the respective corridors, nurses inform attendants of the patients concerned to go and collect food. Hospital staffers don't distribute food.

Sanjay Kumar, an attendant of a patient admitted in the surgery ward, said they all help each other unload food from the trolley. "Ideally, the food trolley should come to wards and be distributed by hospital staffers," he said. source-telegraphindia.com

First dengue case in Jharkhand

A middle aged man of Giridih, who was admitted in Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on Thursday, was confirmed to have contracted dengue on Friday after various tests. The patient, Dashrath Yadav, who is kept in the isolation ward of RIMS is the first case of dengue in the state this year.

Dr J K Mitra, attending to the patient said, "After conducting several tests, we found that Dashrath is suffering from dengue but his condition is now stable."

RIMS director Tulsi Mahato said last year also there were several cases of dengue. He said, "We are prepared to deal with the situation in case we get more cases in the coming days but we can not do anything to stop spread of dengue. We can only play the role of advisor and tell people how to prevent dengue."

He added mosquitoes breed in dirty water. People should make sure that there is not dirty standing water in the locality they live in and the drains are regularly cleaned. Also people should sleep inside mosquito net to avoid mosquito bites. Even the municipal corporation should take a step towards fighting against these diseases and start defogging at their area of jurisdiction."

Health secretary K Vidyasagar said campaign against malaria and dengue is an ongoing process and they are always trying to make people aware about the vector borne diseases.

"The cases of dengue started coming in Jharkhand since 2010 mainly in the East Singhbhum region. The disease is no doubt spreading every year as this particular case is of Giridih and till last year there was no dengue case from that district," he said.

He added, "I have not yet got the report of the patient. Once I get the report we will be starting more campaigns and give directives towards protection from the disease." 


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